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RE: Grand Canyon June 2022

Boondocking is wonderful -- but not in hot weather. I think the South Rim area will be pretty hot in June. So I would recommend hookups. But that is just me -- other folks boondock in the heat, with no apparent ill effects. If you want cool boondocking, maybe think about the North Rim? Let us know if that is an option for you, and we'll post some links.
profdant139 12/01/21 01:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nice looking small trailer rig

It's a pity those Nests never caught on -- we've talked to several Nest owners, and they really loved their trailers. But the cost was prohibitive for most folks. Someday, someone is going to build an affordable rugged little trailer, without all the bells and whistles. That segment of the market is virtually empty right now.
profdant139 11/28/21 12:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Portable deck / step

Here is a thought -- decouple the step and the deck parts of the project. Get a set of Torklift Glowsteps. Then find a modular deck, maybe something like this: Deck
profdant139 11/27/21 05:46pm Tech Issues
RE: The View from Your Trailer -- let's see 'em!

Another shot from the dinette -- this is a view of Gooseberry Mesa, not far from Zion NP, in April of 2021. We were boondocking on BLM land: https://i.imgur.com/8WHIdYGl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 11/22/21 05:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Rv awning -- does it pencil out?

If I were entering data on that spreadsheet, I would need a separate column for an intangible cost: the noise and smell that accompany generator use. I have a Honda 2000 and almost never use it (except at home when "exercising" it during routine maintenance). For us, silence and the smell of the forest are both very valuable -- we live in the dense suburbs of Southern California, and escaping that environment is one of the reasons we go camping. That's especially true since we are avid boondockers. So how to quantify that variable?? I don't know. The Honda is a "sunk cost" -- we have to have it in case the sun does not shine and our panel does not produce juice.
profdant139 11/22/21 10:11am Tech Issues
RE: Fuel consumption too high?

I have a very small trailer, and I still get less than 10 mpg at 63 mph. Air resistance. It's like towing a vertical sheet of plywood at highway speeds. I could get much better mileage at 55 mph, but I would die of boredom. Plus I would be holding up traffic.
profdant139 11/20/21 05:54pm Travel Trailers
Solar Rv awning -- does it pencil out?

Great idea, but at ten thousand dollars for a thousand watts, I'm not sure it is worthwhile for me: Article
profdant139 11/19/21 01:10pm Tech Issues
RE: The View from Your Trailer -- let's see 'em!

Trying to keep this old thread alive!! This was taken at the end of September, 2021, on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon -- we were boondocking near the East Rim trailhead. There are several campsites there that are right on the edge of the cliff. (And yes, the wheels were very securely chocked.). This shot was taken from our dinette table, looking through the front window: https://i.imgur.com/bgJtCNll.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 11/18/21 05:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best route from Fresno to Groveland?

I can't help on the route. But I had the best calzone of my life at Two Guys Pizza in Groveland -- so try to work that into your plans! Artichoke and garlic and Italian sausage. Don't try to eat it while driving -- it's messy. Don't ask how I know this.
profdant139 11/09/21 09:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: Boondocking Resources - Tips, Tricks, and Information

Another tip on searching for boondocking sites: create two windows on your computer, side by side. In one window, bring up the motor vehicle use map for the area in question. In the other window, bring up the same area on Google Earth. Using the MVUM, find the forest roads that seem to be the most promising -- for example, those that are close to your destination or hiking trailheads. Then jump over to your Google Earth window and "fly" along those particular roads, looking for campsites. You can zoom in a lot -- you can even see fire rings left by prior campers! Yes, this is tedious. But if you can't scout in person, scouting on the computer is the next best thing. Plus it is more fun than doing the things that you should be doing, like mowing the lawn or raking leaves. ;)
profdant139 11/08/21 09:42pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Yet another solar flare tonight!

Good luck!!
profdant139 11/05/21 03:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Yet another solar flare tonight!

My error -- the flare already happened, and the aurora should be tonight. Hope for the best.
profdant139 11/04/21 05:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Yet another solar flare tonight!

Here we go again!
profdant139 11/04/21 05:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Installing Glowsteps as a one person DIY job (long post)

(I had to look it up, but a B&W Companion is a fifth wheel hitch -- very heavy and hard to lift into the bed of the truck.)
profdant139 11/03/21 10:15am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

September 30, 2021, North Rim of the Grand Canyon: https://i.imgur.com/89oGxdMl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 11/02/21 05:10pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: From whom does Rockwood get their tank heaters

"From whom??" I am delighted that someone else on this forum follows the rule that one must not end a phrase with a preposition. But as Churchill said, "That rule is pedantry, up with which I shall not put." And now, back on topic! ;)
profdant139 11/02/21 10:17am Tech Issues
RE: Installing Glowsteps as a one person DIY job (long post)

Exactly. I've only got two hands, and my feet are not very dextrous. I'm not doubting cougar's account of how he installed the steps. I'm just saying that I physically could not do it his way.
profdant139 11/01/21 02:02pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Installing Glowsteps as a one person DIY job (long post)

Yes, the steps glow. There are little glow-in-the-dark pads attached to the steps. They work fine, especially if you are going outside at night when it is pitch dark without a flashlight. If you have a flashlight, or if you are in a lighted RV park, the glow-pads are less necessary. Frankly, if the glow were the only feature of these steps, they would not be worth the money. But the steps make it much easier and safer to climb in and out of your rig, especially when carrying stuff. To me, that is the biggest justification for this upgrade. And cougar, you must be a lot younger and stronger than I am -- I could not safely lay on my back and support the metal frame with one hand while installing the bolts with my other two hands. ;) So that is why I used the jacks -- I cranked the frame into position and fastened the bolts.
profdant139 11/01/21 09:56am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Bought our trailer, now come the questions!

Charles is right -- you have to treat those latches carefully. They are not like doors in your stick house -- especially the plastic piece attached to the screen door. If you slam the door, that piece can break. Don't ask how I know this. So you have to re-train yourself and your family to first attach the screen door to the main door. Then pull on the main door latch to close the door manually. Yes, this is a hassle. And putting a little sign on the door ("don't slam") helps, but it is not guaranteed to stop the habitual slammer (i.e., me).
profdant139 11/01/21 09:48am Travel Trailers
RE: TR: North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Wow! I had no idea the Rainbow Rim trail had gotten crowded. When we were there in late May of 2008, we didn't see anyone else in three days of riding. I am not sure I could handle that trail today -- that was 13 years ago, and I was not young at that time! The portions of the Arizona Trail up on the Kaibab Plateau are fairly easy (although we did have to watch out for roots and rocks). But the parts that drop down off the rim are pretty difficult.
profdant139 10/31/21 05:25pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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